Joined At The Hip

Joined At The Hip

Don’t you know that your bodies are part of the body of Christ? 1 Cor. 6:15

 

Denise lived alone in the Portland metro area and felt quite lonely. She had given her life to Jesus Christ a year before her move, leaving her small church for a great promotion. She had grown up in a family with four brothers and sisters so she was accustomed to the comfort and assurance of having loved-ones close by for sharing and support. She felt strange to be a Christian without any support. She was confused.

            God would not leave her alone for long and sent a co-worker to share coffee and muffins on her second day at the new company. Alice was near her age and plugged into a vibrant, Christ-centered church within walking distance of Denise’s apartment. Denise agreed to go with Alice, hoping it would be a good fit.

            Her first time at “His Family”, the churches unique name, Denise felt truly at home as she relaxed in the group setting. One by one, people greeted her, gave her hugs and welcomed her. The love of God was flowing through every hug and greeting, washing over Denise and removing her feelings of loneliness. She was in a family again. She was beginning to understand about the Body of Christ.

            Not surprisingly, the subject for this meeting was The Body of Christ. Denise wanted to shout with joy. God had answered her prayers and brought her to a new family, an eternal one.

            1 Cor. 12:12-27  Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts.13 In the same way, all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized into the one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink.

14 For the body itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts. 15 If the foot were to say, “Because I am not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body. 16 And if the ear were to say, “Because I am not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were just an eye, how could it hear? And if it were only an ear, how could it smell? 18 As it is, however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be. 19 There would not be a body if it were all only one part! 20 As it is, there are many parts but one body.

21 So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Nor can the head say to the feet, “Well, I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker;23 and those parts that we think aren’t worth very much are the ones which we treat with greater care; while the parts of the body which don’t look very nice are treated with special modesty,24 which the more beautiful parts do not need. God himself has put the body together in such a way as to give greater honor to those parts that need it. 25 And so there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another. 26 If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.

27 All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.

            Rom. 12:1-5  So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you. We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body.

            In closing, the pastor left them with this thought, “As Christians, we are no longer individuals, seeking our own way in life, we are members of the Body of Christ, seeking to serve each other and to bring unity as much as is possible. Jesus is the Head of the Body and we are the members. He has given us gifts to help each other. It is our responsibility to use them.”

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